Wii U first-week sales fall short of Wii

Nintendo's first HD console shifts 425,000 units in US during week one, coming up short of original Wii's 475,000 in 2006; 3DS sells 540,000 during November.

Nintendo sold 425,000 Wii U consoles during the system's first week in the United States last month, according to data provided by research firm NPD. This is some 50,000 consoles short of the original Wii's first-week sales tally of 475,000 units in 2006.

Though sales of the Wii U are lower than the Wii during their respective launch weeks, NPD data suggests the new system has generated more total revenue.

"The much anticipated launch of the new Wii U console brought in more dollars than the Wii launch in November 2006, up 21 percent from that launch month," analyst Liam Callahan said in a statement. "With an average price 35 percent higher for the Wii U at launch compared to the Wii, this is an example of how consumers are willing to come out and spend when they see the value of the product."

As for software, more than 243,000 copies of New Super Mario Bros. U were sold in November, with nearly 60 percent of all Wii U hardware purchasers also picking up a copy of the game. Notably, New Super Mario Bros. U did not crack the top 10 best-selling games of November chart.

The 3DS sold 540,000 units during November, bringing its life-to-date US total to nearly 6.5 million. Further, Mario Kart 7 became the second 3DS title to cross 2 million units sold in the region. It was not announced which game was the first, though Super Mario 3D Land has sold nearly 6 million units worldwide, making it a likely candidate.

As for the aging original Wii, that system sold 420,000 units during the month, bringing its total US sales figure to over 40 million. The original Nintendo DS sold 370,000 systems in November, with Nintendo expecting the hardware line to cross 53 million life-to-date unit sales in the "next few days."

In total, thanks to a sales jolt from Black Friday and the arrival of the Wii U, Nintendo sold in excess of 1.75 million hardware units in November.

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digi-demon
digi-demon

With the current economic climate, coupled with the lacklustre launch titles (and noth forgetting the upward cost of the WiiU itself)  I would personally claim those sales figures a resounding success.

 

bmart970
bmart970

Hmmm... so not to be a troll, but just to be honest: the Xbox 360 (an old console) sold 1.26M in November, and the WiiU (a new console) sold 425K, just saying.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

So it only sold 50k less than the Wii...considering we are in one of the worst recessions in decades,etc etc This is almost to be expected...Sony and Microsoft should take a hint from this and not make over blown over priced systems with a ton of proprietary peripheral add-ons,cause if a 300 dollar system is doing slightly worse than normal imagine how bad a 599 or a 699 dollar system will do....

jark888
jark888

(Note for video) Another great idea from Nintendo.

tgwolf
tgwolf

You can thank the idiots trying to collapse the global market starting with the leadership of the United States at present, and the fact that people have been jaded by not only what the Wii turned out to offer and by the fact that Wii U wasn't much more than a gimmicky touchup on Wii.

Celsius765
Celsius765

i'm not surprised people are just skeptical this time around and the poor name choice does not help. On top of that the abysmal advertising makes wii u look dumb, I also don't like how the console itself is  almost completely hidden behind the gamepad on the box it comes and in most ads

theKSMM
theKSMM

Among the Big Three console makers, Nintendo is often the most difficult to predict.  Their hardware and games have tremendously long legs and continue to sell long after their initial release.  Sure, the Wii U may not have outsold the Wii in corresponding first-week sales, but consider that the SIX-YEAR-OLD WII did 420K and the EIGHT-YEAR-OLD DS sold 370K...those are amazing numbers for a systems that old.  I would think that everyone who wanted a Wii or DS would already have one by now.  It makes me wonder if Nintendo wasn't too hasty in pulling the GameCube off store shelves as soon as the Wii arrived.

 

Furthermore, Nintendo--more than Sony or Microsoft--relies on a sort of market "kick" that will come *if* the Wii U becomes a party gaming sensation.  If the early adopters get friends over at their houses playing, hooting, and having a blast, it will lead to good word of mouth and rapid adoption by others.  That's what happened to the Wii and the Kinect.  I lost count of the number of people who went out and bought their own consoles after playing at my home in the "party atmosphere."  If that happens and they re-ignite the casual gaming market, then they'll be flush with cash in two years as we see the Wii U pop up everywhere from pre-schools to retirement homes.

 

It wouldn't hurt if they could convince the core gaming market that they only need a Wii U as their primary gaming system, but that seems less likely since it will depend heavily on what Microsoft and Sony bring out next.

BradBurns
BradBurns

I don't think that the article was meant to be negative. It probably just comes across that way to  Nintendo enthusiasts.

 

I think everybody was wondering if the console would surpass the original as a way to measure its success. It's a different console and a different economy.

 

Whether the Wii U will ultimately succeed or whether it will fail to live up to its predecessor's lofty legacy is still up in the air at this point in time. 

Norrie91
Norrie91

This is good news!

Now stop making crappy consoles Nintendo and just make games.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

lol..panaramaview vid at the bottom....rendering ps vita even more obselete..

go go wiiU!

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

Nintendo really needs to broaden themselves. They will always be seen as a for kids console as long as my and the next generation is still alive. We need more games like black ops where the gameplay is both hardcore and casual, yet for everyone. It doesnt have to be about killing or guns to be hardcore/mature.

scottman256-2
scottman256-2

"Notably, New Super Mario Bros. U did not crack the top 10 best-selling games of November chart." I would not say this is even notable based on the other information present, since the install base clearly isn't there yet. If it continues to sell at that "nearly 60% clip", it one day will be :) And yes, I am a biased Nintendo fanboy, and proud of it!

fleshandblood10
fleshandblood10

Glad the Wii-U has had a good start. Hopefully it inspires some developers to get working on games for the system. Good to see 3DS is keeping its numbers up too. :D

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

It's not hard to shift more revenue when the system costs 50-100 dollars more than the Wii did, and it had more, better games at launch. Besides Zelda, the Wii launch slate was severely lacking.

MegaPyroFlame
MegaPyroFlame

I think a primary reason why Wii U sales for their first week didn't exceed the Wii's is mostly because Black Ops 2 was released within a week before the Wii U's release.  I think some gamers who were on the fence about a Wii U jumped off and bought Black Ops 2 due to it being cheaper.  Still, only being 50,000 units behind your previous home console launch week isn't bad, considering it was released around the same time as highly anticipated games.

theend3r
theend3r

Even VITA is more powerful, what a piece crap.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

I don't believe the actual sales figures for the Wii U are anywhere near what they are saying. Watch the news reports appear by February about the Wii U sales figures being super low.

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

I'm curious to see how good the WiiU will sell in the next year.  But I have to say that Nintendo is pushing it with their crappy hardware. 

sidistic0N3
sidistic0N3

 @bmart970 Hmmm... not to inject facts or perspective but they sold virtually their entire stock, 50,000 less that Wii at it's launch in 2006 even though Wii U costs $50 more without a game, and $100 more with one. Perspective. Just saying.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

 @IanNottinghamX True that. If the "true" next gen systems are cheaper (like around $300) then I might consider getting one right; that's also dependent on the games available as well. But people don't want $600 systems. Shit, I might as well buy a mid-range PC and get a better, overall system all together.

FPS1337
FPS1337

 @sunyatanada76 Not really, only 50 K less then the Wii launch which has sold nearly 100 million consoles worldwide and it has had slow sales for the past 2 or 3 years. Also it got more revenue which is more important. So ya gaining more revenue then a console that was a huge success, and even a bigger success at launch, I don't think that's really trouble. 

sidistic0N3
sidistic0N3

 @Celsius765 All that "gloom and doom" you just spouted the Wii U sold 50,000 less than Wii during the same period at it's launch...

BradBurns
BradBurns

 @Norrie91 

 

I'm not certain how I feel about them going third party. On one hand, they wouldn't have to worry about consoles and therefore could spend more energy on games.

 

On the other hand, the strange charm their consoles carry is sometimes integral to that of their games, so who knows?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @Norrie91 

*Read title, automatically assumes the worst even though that's hardly the case* 

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

Did I contradict myself? Anyway, we need more pick up and play, yet long experiences but for more than 1 type of genre.

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

 @MegaPyroFlame There is a big difference between november 2006 and nov 2012. Now if Ps4 and WiiU had lauched together, I am sure WiiU would have done better.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @theend3r 

Lol, you're kidding right? The Vita is not even more powerful than the PS3 (which is weaker than the Wii U) so I don't know what you're talking about.

ShonenNinja
ShonenNinja

 @MooncalfReviews These numbers are from the first week of sales and it's from a respected third-party. These numbers are legit. Sorry that Nintendo is doing better than what you wanted...

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

 @Lpedraja2002 WiiU is pretty fast actually, I am pretty impressed. The games and hardware need to be optimized more. The only problem I have with the system is CPU, but I have noticed a trend with all Nintendos systems and it shows that they always put a weak CPU.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @Lpedraja2002 I can assure you, it is most definitely not crappy. It might not be as fast as my PS3 but it can certainly do a hell of a lot more. 

AussieDCO
AussieDCO

The difference is that both Sony and Microsoft consoles start slower, but have long healthy lifespans. The 360 and PS3 have been tracking far higher than the Wii for at least the last 2+ years.  Unfortunately for Nintendo with a shortage of 3rd party support and the technological inferiority of the Wii and soon to be WiiU (once the 720 and PS4 hit) their consoles have a far shorter lifespan. 

 

If the WiiU is to be a success it needs to make it's mark now.  There is no point trying to compare it to the PS3 because unlike Sony, Nintendo dont have the luxury like Sony did of having a technologically superior machine that they can ride off for 8 years as Sony did with the PS3.

idk95
idk95

 @sidistic0N3  dont forget that the ps3 came out several years ago and was 600 at launch sir. 197,000 units sold at launch is irrelevant. 

AussieDCO
AussieDCO

Unless Nintendo can pull a rabbit out of the hat they have zero chance of even selling half of what the Wii sold.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @speedracer3190 

They do have a wide variety of games that cover nearly every genre so I hope they tap into that with the Wii U because the Wii was in no way a testament to the variety that Nintendo has to offer. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @dreamfist11  @scottman256-2 

Congrates, you just proven what a disgusting piece of crap you truly are. Proud of yourself? Attacking someone's sexuality just because they like Nintendo. You are the epitome of what an online bully is and it's hilarious because you constantly deny that you're a hater and a troll. 

 

Seriously, it's just videogames, not a religion or politics, it's entertainment, him loving Nintendo does not harm you in any way and the fact that you feel the need to talk down upon others and use offensive language towards them because of their preference just shows what a blind hater you are and I'm pretty damn sure nothing is going to change that. 

 

You have a bright future ahead of you, looking out the cell window the jail you'll eventually end up in. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @speedracer3190  @OmegaGear 

I think they would only drop the price next year if the next gen Playstation/XBox come out next year and are competitively priced.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

 @ShonenNinja  @MooncalfReviews I love Nintendo, I grew up with them, but I also know they are going to fail with the Wii U. 

 

Even if the numbers are true, that's still less units sold than the Xbox and PS3 during that week, and it was the first week of release! In no way is that good.

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

 @speedracer3190 What I meant was the obvious intention of Nintendo to deliver the absolute minimum in terms of horsepower to "compete" with the PS3 and Xbox360.  They as any other company just want to maximize profits and they're doing it perfectly in every way but I find it disrespectful when they push out a console with 8gb of space minus all their crazy huge patches, minus the OS space.  I know prices will drastically go down once the competitors release their products which imo won't be for another 2 years but it still pisses me off the way they take advantage of the consumer. 

 

I just hope that they eventually fix all the hiccups they seem to be having with the console and if they want to sell more than the Wii they should re-release all the N64 classes in HD and with the controller tablet functionality.  That will surely get me on boat.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @MooncalfReviews  @ShonenNinja 

Yes because the long term success of a console ultimately depends on how well the system does at launch. Remind me again how stellar the PS3 and 3DS's launch were.

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

 Lpedraja2002. edit: WiiU more powerful than ps3 and 360.

speedracer3190
speedracer3190

 Lpedraja2002. Its obvious the 8gb model is a business tactic. They want the 32GB model to sell. You and I know the WiiU is much more powerful. You can tell by the systems launch games. PS4 and 720 will have more horsepower than WiiU.